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President Joe Biden said Thursday that he was "deeply disappointed" in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld a pair of voting restrictions in Arizona.

The big picture: The Supreme Court said Thursday that neither of Arizona's rules amounts to racial discrimination. The 6-3 ruling will likely pave the way for new limitations across the country.

  • The stakes in this case were high because it implicates what’s left of the Voting Rights Act, Axios' Sam Baker writes. In 2013, the court effectively invalidated the "preclearance" provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which required states and local governments to clear voting rule changes with the federal government if they had a history of discrimination.
  • Republicans filibustered Democrats' sweeping voting rights bill last week as a wave of new voting restrictions are implemented in Republican-led states.
  •  "The Court’s decision, harmful as it is, does not limit Congress’ ability to repair the damage done today: it puts the burden back on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act to its intended strength," Biden said in a statement.

What they're saying: "After all we have been through to deliver the promise of this Nation to all Americans, we should be fully enforcing voting rights laws, not weakening them," Biden said in a statement.

  • "Our democracy depends on an election system built on integrity and independence. The attack we are seeing today makes clearer than ever that additional laws are needed to safeguard that beating heart of our democracy."

Go deeper: Supreme Court upholds GOP voting restrictions in Arizona

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Texas asks appeals court to swiftly restore restrictive abortion ban

A demonstrator at the Women's March on Oct. 2, 2021, which protested the new abortion law in Texas. Photo: Yana Paskova via Getty Images

Texas asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to swiftly restore the state's controversial abortion ban.

Why it matters: A federal judge granted the Biden administration's request to block the new law this week, calling it "flagrantly unconstitutional." Texas is appealing the ruling and wants the appeals court to allow enforcement of the ban while litigation is ongoing.

Updated Oct 9, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Appeals court temporarily reinstates Texas abortion ban

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The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday temporarily reinstated Texas' controversial abortion ban, hours after the state requested an emergency intervention.

Why it matters: The three-judge panel's decision will allow Texas to once again enforce the ban despite a lower court judge's earlier ruling that the law is unconstitutional.

Updated 22 mins ago - Science

Blizzard likely to hit New England this weekend as "bomb cyclone" forms

Computer model projection of the precipitation and wind field from the weekend storm in the Northeast. (Earth.nullschool.net)

A powerful blizzard is likely to strike parts of New England and the Mid-Atlantic beginning Friday and lasting into the weekend, with snow totals that are likely to be measured in feet.

The big picture: The joining of weather systems embedded in both the polar, or northern branch, of the jet stream and the southern branch is projected to create a bomb cyclone. Such storms undergo a process known as bombogenesis, with their minimum central air pressure readings plunging at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.